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Hungary, 1956: The Role of the Tragic in the Construction of Central European Identities

October 11, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Starting out from the classic understanding of the tragic in ancient Greece, this talk will examine Milan Kundera’s essay “The Tragedy of Central Europe” published in 1984 alongside an episode in the political career of Hungarian political theorist István Bibó. Bibó acted as minister of state in Hungary’s 1956 revolutionary government and was the only minister to face the invading Soviet troops at the Parliament Building in Budapest. He became a role model for dissident intellectuals in the late communist era. Connecting Kundera’s text and Bibó’s symbolic deed, Dr. Hörcher will focus on the very notion of the tragic as a value in the construction of Central European identities


October 11, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm